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T-Minus 21 Days: The Art of Picking Late

No pick in the top 10? No problem. Roster architects from two of the NFL’s most consistently successful franchises—Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert and Baltimore assistant GM Eric DeCosta—share insights into their draft-day strategies for picking late in Round 1

Baltimore’s Big Problem

For years, the Ravens were one of the NFL’s cleanest teams off the field. But a recent run of arrests has forced the organization to cut contributing players and alter future plans. Plus thoughts on rule changes, signings and more

How To Win Free Agency: Don’t Play

Think spending big will lead to winning big? Ask the 2011 Eagles—or any number of teams that dished out major dollars in recent years—how that worked out. And a look at one franchise that might have figured out how to make free agency work: Don't participate, and watch the draft picks roll in

The Mueller Report: No Smoking Gun, No Satisfying Resolution

The NFL’s internal investigation into its handling of the Ray Rice situation is a mild rebuke that the league hopes will allow it to move on. But fundamental questions—including how the NFL could have so mismanaged the case in the first place—remain up in the air

The New Noll

Chuck Noll stayed 23 years in Pittsburgh. With 10 playoff wins in seven years and a patient boss, John Harbaugh could be on his way to a similar stature in Baltimore. The Ravens coach would consider it ‘the ultimate accomplishment’

Out of the Shadows

Just a few months after he thought his career might be over, Justin Forsett ran for a career-high 182 yards in the Ravens’ win over the Saints on Monday. Now on his fifth team in seven years, this journeyman could make a trip to the Pro Bowl

An Inevitable Conversation

Ray Rice will get his day in court next week. If his indefinite suspension is lifted, the former All-Pro running back will be free to sign with any team. Would one do it? Here's a hypothetical look at how a coach and GM would make this decision

Man in the Middle

Ravens president Dick Cass is a key figure in the Ray Rice disciplinary matter, but not much is known about the behind-the-scenes front-office executive. Examining his background, his current role and how those two worlds intersect

Goodell Under Siege

The cries for Roger Goodell's resignation are reverberating across the football world after the AP reported the league office had indeed received the second Ray Rice video. At least one owner isn't sure the NFL commish will survive the saga

Is the NFL’s No-Nonsense Sheriff Turning Soft?

Roger Goodell has long ruled with an iron fist, but following Ray Rice’s mere two-game ban, the so-called ‘judge, jury and executioner’ is catching heat for being too lenient. Which begs another question: Why aren’t people up in arms about the Ravens doing nothing?

The Ray Rice Fallout

Ray Rice was suspended two games for his domestic-violence arrest and the immediate reaction was that the Ravens running back got off light. Is this the ‘wake-up call’ some say he needed? Baltimore and the NFL are about to find out

The Tease of Rookie WRs

Everyone is in agreement: the 2014 draft class of wide receivers is stacked. But don't get too excited about the new skill guys contributing in Year 1. A trend in the college game has made the pro wideout learning curve much steeper

Cooking the NFL Draft with a Special Sauce

Since compensatory picks were instituted in 1994, the Baltimore Ravens have received a leauge-high 41. No matter how many good players walk in free agency, this is where general manager Ozzie Newsome is willing to gamble

The Man With A Plan In San Fran

No, not Jim Harbaugh. As the announcement of 2014 compensatory draft picks shows, 49ers GM Trent Baalke is building a lasting winner in Northern California. Plus, more news and rumors from the NFL annual meeting and reader email

Keeping the Passers Protected

It was a weekend of great play and controversy (and, oh yeah, crazy weather). But whether it was Denver's line stepping up or the refs speaking up for Drew Brees in two games with big playoff implications, Week 11 made it clear again: The QB is sacred

Oz the Great and Powerful

Ozzie Newsome, Hall of Fame tight end and architect of the Ravens’ two Super Bowl champions, doesn’t talk much about himself, but listen to the men who know him and you’ll learn something of the esteem in which he’s held throughout the league

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